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McEwan's Scotch Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd

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McEwan's Scotch AleMcEwan's Scotch Ale

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very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-06-2013)
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Photo of Hodgson
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

This is a good effort, quite similar to the one I remember from 20 years ago. Nice malty quality - wet dark bread as another poster called it, good description - with a slight tang underneath from hops and or some other astringency.

It isn't "craft" as such in taste but very respectable. Older taste descriptions from the 70's and 80's often mention a roast quality which this one doesn't have. Apparently it came from roast barley and possibly (or at certain times) a touch of peated malt. I remember this myself in the ones from around 1980. It would be good if the brewery would tweak the beer to put this back in, but otherwise they have done a good job and nice to see it back.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of rmargeson
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Good stuff...

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is around a finger high, with a shade leaning heavily off-white (but not quite at mocha or khaki, either). It has pretty good retention and a creamy texture. Even better, the aforementioned creamy texture leaves behind plenty of lacing on the glass - a consistent ring worth, actually. Quite attractive. (4)

Smell: Typical of the style, it has a heavy caramel leaning, backed by some dark fruit qualities. Given it's slight age, a bit of sherry oxidation is coming through. Smoke is very, very subtle, but there if one concentrates. (3.5)

Taste: A touch of smoke opens it up. Afterwards, it evolves into combination of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and chocolate. The finish has a kiss of earthiness, too, along with some faint tea leaf. Not the biggest flavor profile by any means, but everything is balanced in check. So that's good! (3.5)

Mouthfeel: It's surprisingly light on the tongue. On one hand, it doesn't really feel rich or decadent; on the other hand, it's pretty drinkable in spite of its sweetness level. Carbonation is on the lower side, its drinkability coming more from its dry aftertaste than anything else. (3.5)

Overall: Certainly, it's a decent Scotch ale - it just seems designed for drinkability instead of richness. I'd definitely drink it again (even buy it again), I'd just rather drink something like Old Chub instead. (3.5)

3.53/5: Good scotch ale, very easy drinking for 8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Irish1Lager
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. New brewer, new beer? Not entirely sure, but a few of these fell to me recently as party leftovers, so I thought I'd see how this brand has kept up, as such.

This beer pours a clear, very dark mahogany brown hue, with three lazy fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually bubbly beige head, which leaves some broadly spectral swaths of splattered lace around the glass as it genially sinks away.

It smells of strangely thin, but at least complicated caramel malt (treacle, toffee, and nougat all represented, if not wholly respectable), wet dark bread, a more rounded black fruitiness - plum, dried cherry, and sultana raisin - a subtle hint of ashy char, warm red wine notes, and earthy, grassy, and leafy hops, sedated all. The taste is bready caramel malt, dime-store toffee candies, a fading chocolate bar sugary character, straining at the tether peaty notes, muddled bruised fruit - maybe a bit of banana and overripe cherries prevailing - and leafy, weedy, and slightly perfumed (courtesy of you-know-whooo) hops.

The bubbles are generally understated, and mostly just playfully frothy, the body a decent medium weight (neither wee, nor heavy), and pretty smooth, in the not quite fulfilled version of each term's intended meaning. It finishes off-dry, and much less sweet than I might be remembering, but, there it is.

It's been a real while, but I have to say that age and distraction aren't the only things messing with my recollection of the most recent ex-brewer's version vis-à-vis this current one. Sweet and malty, sure. A bit Scotchy in its vegetal astringency? You bet. Ok, so this does well enough by McEwen's legacy, but you won't see me rushing out late next January to sweep up more of this, I'm afraid.

Photo of Sellen
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, it's a different brewery, and it's been several years since my last "original" McEwan's, but I'm still excited to finally pour this stuff into a glass again. It pours a clear midnight garnet topped by a finger or so of baked khaki foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, dark greens, mild dark fruits, light brown sugar, and a hint of what may or may not be peat smoke. The taste brings in more of the same, the spiced caramel and dark fruits really coming together to support the greenery and vice-versa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, it may not necessarily live up to my romanticized memory of the original stuff, but it's some damn tasty beer regardless. Good times.

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of keithmurray
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark mahogany color with tan head

Smell - cherry, plums, raisins, bit of peat

Taste - plums, cherries, caramel, grape, bit of smokey peat

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, rich,bit of sweetness upfront, flavors linger properly

Overall - I was happy to see this one back in the States and I enjoyed drinking this. A well made scotch ale. Recommended.

Price Point - $10.99/ 4pk 11.2 oz bottles

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McEwan's Scotch Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.